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Poster: HappySwordsman Date: Nov 28, 2009 3:17pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Too bad 1914's 'The Last Egyptian' will probably never be uploaded

I used to think that. Then I found all sorts of people claiming copyright on public domain items. Even the Government of a certain unfunny English-speaking country NOT in the Northern Hemisphere!

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Poster: cartoonsonfilm Date: Nov 28, 2009 3:21pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Too bad 1914's 'The Last Egyptian' will probably never be uploaded

That's hilarious! I guess it is a power trip for people.

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Poster: Video-Cellar Date: Nov 29, 2009 1:55am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Too bad 1914's 'The Last Egyptian' will probably never be uploaded

Matt, the national archives claiming copyright on the old film's is a matter of revenue and funding for them. They don't get 'enough' funding so they have to make revenue through the high-end users of film and video. In 2005, at the same time the NFSA was asking the government not to accept the copyright extension part of the Aus/USA free trade agreement because it would delay movies like "Smiley", "Smiley Gets a Gun", "Jedda", "Summer of the Seventeenth Doll" entering the public domain, they were saying that no-one can use their archival material because they hold "the copyright". They want to be able to exclusively sell the material to movie and tv producers, educational institutions and researchers at inflated prices. The BFI does this too. Regardless of where you got your material from, "we are the national film archive, therefore we own the national film heritage".